It took 11 starts, but on Sunday it finally happened. In a postseason game started by David Price, his team would finally win. But it wasn’t easy. After all, the Red Sox are up against the defending champion Houston Astros. And he certainly didn’t have his best stuff, allowing four runs and walking four over 4.2 innings.
Yet a win is a win, and that’s all Price cares about.
“That’s my first team win as a starter,” Price told ESPN’s Coley Harvey following the game. And as silly as it sounds, he’s right. His teams were 0-10 in his postseason starts until Sunday’s win. Hopefully for him and the Red Sox, this is a sign of things to come.
“If it’s baby steps, it’s baby steps,” Price adds. And at the end of the day, he just wants to win. He wants to come through for his team in those big moments. That’s what he prides himself on. So no, he didn’t have his best stuff Sunday night against the Astros. But he fought through it, kept the Red Sox in it and they eventually came away with the win. That’s something everyone can build on.
“You can ask any of my teammates for the 10 years I’ve been in the big leagues — or coaches or anybody that’s been around me. All I want to do is win,” Price adds. “I expect myself to be great in big moments, and I haven’t done that thus far in my career. … But I came here to win — period.”
Postseason narratives have a way of getting out of hand. Every time Clayton Kershaw has a bad postseason outing, we circle like vultures. He didn’t make it past the third inning Friday night, but his defense committed three errors before he departed. And while the Price postseason narrative makes no sense, there’s actually something to it. He can’t seem to put together good starts in the playoffs. Coming out of the bullpen? Sure. That’s one thing, and he’s flourished in that role in the past. But starting? Not so much. And when it’s a pitcher with his ability, it makes us question things.
Baseball is a strange, strange game.
Still, Price only has one goal in mind — to win the World Series. If you’ve gotten this far, there’s no other goal to focus on. The Red Sox need to win three more games before getting a chance to play for that title, but they’re close. This is what it’s all about.
“… I understand the narratives, I get that. I deserve those narratives,” Price continues. “But this is bigger than David Price. This isn’t about me. This is about the Boston Red Sox.”
Tuesday night, Game 3 comes at us from Houston. We’re into a best-of-5 series now, baseball fans. Buckle up.